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Old 03-23-2014, 02:33 PM
 
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So my husband has a friend at WP who said that the commute from centerville to WP is in "terrible traffic". I laugh a little because we live in the land of traffic. But seriously how bad are we talking? Finalizing plans soon for a trip out in late April to scout neighborhoods and preschools. I love the look of Oakwood but I just can't come to terms with the taxes.
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:05 PM
 
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It's not bad at all. I can count on one hand the number of times I've run into traffic per year on that stretch of 675, and it's usually due to snow. I'm not sure why anyone would say there's terrible traffic. (I also used to live in the DC area, so I know what bad traffic is like.) You can consistently get from Centerville to Wright-Patterson in 15 to 25 minutes depending on where you're trying to go to on the base.
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:20 PM
 
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I assume he has never lived anywhere there is real traffic? 15-25 minutes is wonderful. There was an incident last Tuesday where an exit on the highway was closed due to a crash right at rush hour. People then used local roads as alternate routes home it took my friend 45 minutes to go 4 miles. This isn't incredibly unusual here.
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:10 PM
 
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Keep in mind you pay taxes for a reason. Those dollars build nicer communities. Otherwise you'd have gatlinburg (or Salem Ave. in the former Madison Twp.)

So Oakwood comes with a price. But those taxes pay for trash removal from your back porch, a top 10 school district in the state of Ohio, plowed sidewalks in winter, numerous nice parks, streets in excellent repair, etc.
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:03 AM
 
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I am currently attending Wright State and have to commute to a class during the morning rush hour, and given the common traffic patterns, even though 675 is somewhat congested, it is still moving close to the speed limit most of the time. I have seen, however that there are big backups on 35 East, but are nowhere near the level of backups in most metro areas.
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Miami Twp.
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So my husband has a friend at WP who said that the commute from centerville to WP is in "terrible traffic". I laugh a little because we live in the land of traffic. But seriously how bad are we talking? Finalizing plans soon for a trip out in late April to scout neighborhoods and preschools. I love the look of Oakwood but I just can't come to terms with the taxes.
Yeah, Ohio traffic - and Dayton traffic, in particular - ain't traffic.

I remember when I first moved here and "rush hour" was 3 lanes going 60 MPH instead of 65-70.

It's not bad. Yes, it backs up near the gates in the morning, but that's about it.
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:57 PM
 
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Yeah, Ohio traffic - and Dayton traffic, in particular - ain't traffic.

I remember when I first moved here and "rush hour" was 3 lanes going 60 MPH instead of 65-70.

It's not bad. Yes, it backs up near the gates in the morning, but that's about it.
You obviously haven't been here since the 75 construction started in Downtown Dayton

Try and back that argument by being in it, or at least look at an ODOT camera during rush hour.
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Old 03-24-2014, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Beavercreek, OH
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I avoid the downtown stretch of I-75 during rush hour for a reason... it often backs up to the south as far as West Carrollton... a five minute stretch of highway ends up taking 30 minutes. 35 is somewhat better now that it's not being ripped up with construction, but it usually hangs up around Smithville (and sometimes back to Keowee).

I'm not sure why it took them a full year to widen just the bridges on 35 around the Woodman Drive exit... they evidently had the money to widen the bridges but not add a third lane, which is what is actually needed.

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In before the urban/rail/transit advocates cry foul and say "we don't need more lanes", because we do. Any amount of time spent in traffic, whether it's for 3 or 30 minutes, is wasting time and gas for everyone.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:05 AM
 
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I think the point of this discussion now is focusing on I-675 between Centerville and the base gates. I-75 through downtown, while awful, isn't on the commuting route of the OP.

That said, I-675 and N. Fairfield will be undergoing extensive bridge work over the next year or two. They are adding a third southbound lane on the N. Fairfield overpass to relieve congestion. Keep in mind that may impact commuters to Area A, the Wright State kids, and those along Col. Glenn closer to the Nutter Center. It may also cause more congestion at the Col. Glenn exit, which is one prior to N. Fairfield (by roughly two miles).

OP, what this shows is that traffic here tends to be fueled by construction projects. Even then, unless there are multiple lanes closed because of an accident, traffic should still move. Daytonians should try commuting in and out of downtown Cincinnati to see real traffic log jams. But ditto on US 35, it can be a bear at times, especially since there are limited shoulders and lights.
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Old 03-26-2014, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Miami Twp.
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You obviously haven't been here since the 75 construction started in Downtown Dayton

Try and back that argument by being in it, or at least look at an ODOT camera during rush hour.
Oh, I'm still here, and I've driven through it.

(Not on a daily basis, thankfully).

It's not great, but it's definitely not the worst traffic I've ever seen. And as much as it sucks, it really will be nice when it's all done.
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